Start the birthday girl's or birthday boy's day out right by serving these cute Birthday Party Balloon Pastry Pops! These homemade breakfast pastries are easy to make using store-bought pie crust and can be colored using a variety of colored sugar.
What kid wouldn't want to wake up on their birthday to find these colorful balloon-shaped breakfast pastries on their plate?
It's a special occasion so it's the perfect time to enjoy a sweet treat.
Of course, these homemade sugar-coated Pop-Tarts would make great desserts for a birthday party too.
They are super easy to make; store-bought pie dough is cut into balloon shapes using a cookie cutter, filled with Nutella or jam, decorated with brightly colored sanding sugar, put on a stick, and baked.
You can tie a ribbon onto the stick and arrange them on your table, or package them in cellophane bags to give as favors.
Birthday Party Balloon Pastry Pops (makes 12)
1 Pillsbury Pie Crust (or use homemade crust)
flour for dusting work surface
egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water)
fillings - Nutella, jam, pie filling, peanut butter
colorful sugar crystals*
*Use as few or as many colors as you'd like. You can buy individual bottles of colored sugar crystals or buy containers with up to 6 different colors. Just be sure to use the large crystal sugar for this recipe. I tried adding food coloring to granulated sugar and decorating these pastries with it but wasn't happy with the result. The larger crystals look much nicer.
11 ½-inch lollipop sticks
rolling pin/fondant roller
balloon cookie cutter
spoon (or use a disposable pastry bag)
baking sheet lined with parchment paper for ease of cleaning
Cut balloons out of pie dough.
- Thaw pie crust according to package instructions or make homemade dough according to the recipe.
- Dust a cutting board or counter lightly with flour.
- Unroll the dough and use a rolling pin to roll it out to about a 13" round.
- Use the balloon-shaped cookie cutter to cut out 24 balloons, re-rolling dough as needed.
Add fillings and lollipop sticks.
- Brush 6 of the pie dough balloons with egg wash using a pastry brush.
- Spoon (or pipe with a disposable pastry bag) about 2 teaspoons of Nutella, jam, pie filling, or peanut butter in the center of each balloon.
- Stick a lollipop stick into the filling.
- Set a second pie dough balloon on top and press the edges together sealing well.
- Repeat until you have 12 balloon pops.
Cover pastry balloons with colored sugar.
- Brush egg wash over the top of each of the balloons and sprinkle on colored sugar crystals.
- Move the balloons carefully onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- I was able to pick them up by the lollipop stick and move them.
- If you bake them with a bunch of excess sugar around them, the sugar will clump together and the edges of your balloons will be misshapen.
- Refrigerate balloons for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Bake chilled balloons for 8-10 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely.
Tie a ribbon on the lollipops.
- Once cooled you can tie ribbons onto the sticks and arrange them in a container such as a vase.
- You can alternately package each pastry pop in a cellophane bag, tying the ribbon on the outside of the bag.
- Keep stored in an airtight container for a few days.
Be sure to check out all of my Birthday Party Recipes.